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Friday, August 29, 2008

Winter Vacation Help

Now that my girlfriend has returned to England we are planning to meet up again over Christmas. The problem is we have no idea where to go. We're considering meeting up half-way on the east coast and doing something over there, but since I don't know anything about the east coast and neither does my girlfriend, we're both sort of lost.
So, if anyone has some ideas of cool places we can spend about a week at, here is what we're looking for:
  • We have to be able to get to it. Duh :P.
  • Snow, but not too much (we don't want to get snowed in).
  • Hotels, since we have to have somewhere to stay. Maybe an Holiday Inn or something like that.
  • Stuff to do. We like museums, book stores, book things, things related to science fiction and fantasy, more book things, history, and pretty scenery. It's only for a week, so if there's enough to entertain us for a week, great. Obviously some of that time can be spent walking or doing romantic snuggly things. We just don't want to be bored, obviously.
  • Relatively safe. This goes without saying I suppose.
  • Somewhere nice. We just want to enjoy ourselves. It's a romantic, Christmas getaway. Enough said.
  • Public transportation options other than taxies a plus (free transportation even better).
So, do you have any suggestions? I don't know if I can rent a car, but I should be able to. I'm 24 and I don't have terrible credit or anything, but I don't know much about renting cars, so I don't know if they'll let me. I'm not really interested in driving wherever we're at, so if we can walk around or something, that's great. Small towns/cities are a big plus for us. We like that cute town feel.

Anywho, thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. New York is probably the most interest, most exciting place to go on the East Coast. Catch a couple Broadway or off Broadway shows. Also, it's one of the safest cities there is and has many great museums, etc.

    Though, since you indicate that you don't like big cities, New England is pretty cool. Lots of small towns and stuff, though kind of cold up there.

    South of New York there's nothing interesting.

    Philly has some interesting museums. I went up there for the tut exhibit, but I think that's probably moved since.

    D. C. and Baltimore have some good museums and the harbor has a first class aquarium (I have friends who work there), though--as a Baltimoron who frequently goes to both cities, I can tell you--both cities are horrendously unsafe and relatively uninteresting, despite the museums and memorials and delicious shellfish.

    Then there's always Florida if you like the beach, but it gets crowded around Christmas time with people escaping the cold. But hey--how can one say no to Disney World?

    Besides NY, I don't think any cities on the East Coast have a connection to scifi. Maybe you can visit Hawthorne's house in MA or something. Edgar Allan Poe's is in Baltimore... but meh.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions. We might do the New York thing one day. We won't visit cities where we have to be overly concerned about safety because, well, I don't want to have to deal with that kind of stuff.


  3. I thought of NY & honestly, I hope to visit there someday. It would be an amazing time :)

    Though, I wouldn't rule out DC either. I have been there twice and absolutely love the area. You should think of visiting the Smithsonian where you can pick the culture of your choice from the Science museum to Air & Space to everything. It is so neat. Also, walking the mall area to strolling Union Station to seeing the US Botanic Gardens is a memory in itself. The Kennedy Center is a wonderful place to see plays too.

    As for things to think about, NY, Boston, DC, etc. are all safe places if you research your destinations & be aware of your surroundings. Those 3 cities would also have plenty of options to stay & the ability to take the bus & subway for transportation in case you don't rent a car.

    Oh, another fun thing to see in DC would be our parliament. I wrote to my Senator & Representative & was able to receive a pass to watch Congress while they were in session :)

    Best of luck & no doubt - where ever you go it will be wonderful!

  4. That's two good recs for NYC. We may do that one day. I'd love to see a Broadway show and the museums and stuff! And all the publishers and editors are over there :).